Gratitude is the first rule of making more money.

Gratitude is the first rule of making more money.

You are not doomed to failure when it comes to accumulating money. Just because you failed before doesn’t mean you need to fail again. We tend to take failure personally! You’ve heard the old adage “if first you don’t succeed try and try again”? How many wealthy people have actually failed not only once but numerous times? The difference between wealthy people and those who are not is having faith and learning simple and powerful money management skills. Know where you are and how you treat money.

What are your thoughts about money?

What do you say about money?

You say you want it but where is it in your life? Now here is where you may roll your eyes (I did at first) – do you truly love money? Do you give it the attention it deserves? Do you pick up pennies off the street? Yes, money has value and if you don’t value even the smallest amounts you are dissing money. Be grateful and show that gratitude!

Usually when we think about money it’s about how we don’t have it or not enough of it. Knock it off!

Gratitude is the first rule of making more money.

Like anything that you love, you have to care for it, take time with it, and show it the respect you would want for whatever you do.

Get professional help – that’s what they are there for! And saying you don’t have the money is again showing you what you are worth. Waiting till you have the money is going about it backwards. Have faith and move ahead!

Have A Carefree Attitude

Have A Carefree Attitude

There is a very important component in getting to be confident and playful about money. I know that sounds very strange to consider money and playfulness in the same sentence but hear me out. When you have a carefree attitude about money things can shift in the most unexpected ways. Carefree does not mean become less responsible; it actually allows you to be more positively responsive to the reason for having money.

One of the fear-producing aspects of managing money is not really knowing where both your physical money is and your beliefs about where it is. I know exactly what I have in the bank, what my expenditures are, how much I am saving each month for both long term and contingent items. I know how much to put away for taxes, living expenses, and handling any debts that I have incurred (car payments, new washer dryer, etc). This allows me to stay focused on what gives me pleasure and how I can have those things.

I had many scary beliefs about money and every now and then I find I get caught in the web of “general consensus” and I can breathe myself back to letting that “shit” go. I would suggest that when working with your finances you get a true picture of what you spend monthly (this may take some time and evaluation) and from this you can

  1. find out what you need to ‘live’ on,
  2. know what your spending habits are and
  3. make adjustments if necessary.
Recognize That Money Needs Your Appreciation; It’s Not What Makes Or Breaks You

Recognize That Money Needs Your Appreciation; It’s Not What Makes Or Breaks You

I’m going to keep the conversation about appreciating money very simple – you either are grateful or you’re not. No kinda sorta. Everything happens in the moment so when you are aware, see how you feel; that is your key to change.

What do I mean “appreciate” money? Well, let me ask you…how often do you think or say simple little things like “Wow! I’m so grateful that I have the means to buy what I want, to eat, to buy a car, to get a haircut…” or whatever it is you were able to enjoy? Probably not often. We haven’t learned to do that and because many of us don’t carry cash how can you appreciate “the means” when you don’t see or touch it…CASH!

Having cash is fun! Ever gone to the bank and cashed a check for, say, $1000.00? Felt great, right? Powerful! Money in your hand – seeing it and feeling it – gives you a sense of power and it feels good!! Out of sight out of mind makes it a little harder to actually feel that satisfaction. It is a great idea to remind ourselves of what money does and say thank you to the money you have in your life.

Think of the power money can have over you when you let fear or concerns dominate your relationship with it. Don’t let it be that way!! It’s your choice; the practice is changing your mind about money. Money is energy – it’s the energy that YOU give it. Are you happy with your money? Do you complain about your lack of money? Do you see money as dirty? Stop the complaining! These are habit patterns that can be changed.

THREE ACTIONS to appreciating money:

  1. Decide you want to change and declare it without reservation! I suggest you write a contract stating your intention and decision. Post it somewhere where you can see it and celebrate it! “YES!!”
  2. The second is learn how. Our thoughts are very powerful. Don’t underestimate your ability to have what you want. Gratitude and appreciation are your most powerful tools. It took experience to train you into resistance so now use that time and energy to be grateful. Baby steps if necessary and don’t forget to BREATHE!!
  3. Honor yourself and JUST DO IT! The choice is always yours.

Always appreciating,

Irene

Is Money The Root of All Evil?

Is Money The Root of All Evil?

NO WAY! Think about it – you see a piece of paper laying on a table, your mind makes a decision about it. If it was just a piece of paper it would not trigger an emotional response but perhaps just a glance and a possible decision to throw it out.

NO emotional trigger

BUT….. what if it was a one hundred dollar bill? It has most definitely triggered an emotional response either consciously or unconsciously. What are you hearing inside your mind? What kind of relationship have you cultivated with your money? Think about it! What reaction would you have?

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I never thought of money (or the love of money) as the root of all evil. However, money was not my friend throughout my “formative years”. Old bread with milk was my usual breakfast. I don’t remember having lunch and dinner was either some simple Polish dish or fried rice (my dad was Polish and my mom was born and raised in Indonesia). Food was used as punishment and reward but, in my little girl brain, there still was no connection between the little amount food or money we had (or that we lacked).

As a child, when home alone, I would entertain myself and play at everything. Even my hunger was handled by eating plants around the area that I knew were not poisonous and the hunt was part of the fun. I had a great imagination as a child but, over the years, it was “educated” out of me. I was told I had to “get real” and start seeing the importance and monetary value of EVERYTHING!!! I’m not suggesting that there isn’t value in everything but making it “about the money” is what started the idea of ‘lack’ (more on that later).

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Over the years, I have learned first hand that taking the time to build a joyful relationship with money is key to getting what is wanted – and wanting is not a “bad” thing. It isn’t the money that has the power to make more money. Beliefs and habits are the keys that have allowed me to be, do and have what I have wanted – and I believe that is true for all of us.

Let me ask you…

“Who do you believe yourself to be?”

“Who do you want to be?”

“What do you believe is available to you?”

Your answers will give you the guidance you need to reach your next step in creating a relationship with your money based on love and acceptance. Learning to love your money makes it easier to accumulate more.

Money is means of exchange…that’s all. Nothing evil about it…unless we believe it to be.

Until next time,

Irene